Standing Up for Government

In spite of the ostensible tidal wave of recent anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector—reminds us that public support for the core functions of government still exist. “Contradictions in public opinion reveal that negative attitudes toward government are not as monolithic as some would want us to believe.” Bresette calls upon us to harness the nascent civic energy to mount a more direct and coherent defense of government: by reconnecting the dots between the things people care about in their communities and the role that an adequately supported government plays in achieving these shared goals.